Hero Arts challenge blog Design team

Card Challenge, Cards, Heat embossing, Hero Arts


Hi all! I’m soooo excited to announce that I am now on the design team for the official Hero Arts challenge blog called A Blog Named Hero! Did you know that Hero Arts have a challenge blog and that there are two gift vouchers worth $25 and $50 to their store to be won every month, just by entering your craft project using Hero Arts products? You didn’t? well, you do now!

Marble bold embossing products

The challenges start on the 15th of every month and the current challenge theme is “Embossing”. You have until the 10th to enter your project, so hurry up and get crafting!

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So hop on over to the A Blog Named Hero blog and see my first post for them and discover how I made my card using Hero Arts Marble Bold Print background stamp… and tons of embossing!

I look forward to seeing you in the challenge gallery here. Have a great week!



I’m also sharing this over at:
Wow embossing powder.pngWow Embossing powder Facebook challenge
lemon shortbreadLemon Shortbread – Anything Goe
thru the craft roomThrough the Craftroom door – Anything Goes



2018 Coffee Lovers Blog Hop

a2z Scrapbooking, Cards, Coffee Lovers Blog Hop

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Hi everyone! I’m so excited to be participating in the Coffee Lovers Blog Hop as part of the a2z Scrapbooking design team as they are sponsors to this hop and you can find my team mates cards here.

I’m actually a tea drinker but I used to love my cappuccinos when I came to Europe. Unfortunately afew years ago, I started getting really sick after drinking them and realised I was intolerant to lactose! So I had to give them up as I even got sick with lactose free milk… until Starbuck’s came into town afew months ago. So with their almond or soya milk, I can now enjoy the occasional latte as I’m also trying to stay away from caffeine. How do I survive without caffeine? I get 8h sleep or eat lots of fruit…and drinking 1l of herbal tea each day really helps too. I’m always amazed when I look at wilting plants, how they suddenly spring to life after I water them (except when my family forgot to water them for a month when I was away, there was no coming back for some…)

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Anyway, I digress… so for my 1st card for the blog hop, I wanted to make a tropical Christmas card for all those who don’t have cold weather and snow at Christmas, like where I grew up – Singapore. It felt colder in December though as I think all the malls crank up the air conditioning even higher than usual! So I first stamped all the leaves from Hero Arts “Stamp your own plant” with various Hero Arts inks on kraft card stock, cut it with the largest of the Stamplorations Crazy double running stitched rectangle nesting die (the title of this die is crazy!😆) and matted it on a red card base.

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The coffee to go mug image is a digital stamp from Sugartree Stamps “Hug in a Mug” and has 5 images and 8 sentiments, all coffee related! I printed it on white card stock and coloured it with gold markers. The sentiment comes from Hero Arts “Winter Fun” stamp set and was stamped first with Versamark clear ink before I heat embossed it with gold Wow embossing powder. Afew gold dots were added before I cut it with My Favorite Things stitched arch die. Both were then adhered to my leaf panel.

Well I hope you were inspired by my card to join this blog hop. If you liked any of the Hero Arts or Sugartree products used on my card, you can get them directly at a2z Scrapbooking, and if its already sold out, you can custom order it from them! Don’t forget to use my code Gwendolyn15 to get 15% off your order of $25 and above.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great creative day!

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I’m sharing this card over at the:

2018 Fall/Winter coffee lovers blog hop

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge – Anything Goes



Let It Shine!

Cards, Stamplorations, WoW embossing powder, Zig clean color real brush

After breaking open my new “Glow in the Dark” WoW embossing powder yesterday for my galaxy card here, I couldn’t stop playing with it and decided to see if I could fill a whole card with the fluorescent look! To go one step further, I wanted the card to be fluorescent during the day as well!

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So how did I achieve this? I used my new fluo Zig clean color real brushes! They come in 4 colours, green, pink, orange and yellow and when I got them, I found them really cool as the colours are really bright…and fluo! But I didn’t really know what to do with them until I saw an ad for this bag that lights up and I decided to try and reproduce the design on my card!

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I so happen to have a stencil from Stamplorations, appropriately called “Stained Glass”, which matched the design on the bag. I placed the stencil over my card base and started colouring it in with my Zig fluo pens. With the stencil still in place, I pressed my Versamark clear ink firmly onto the stencil, making sure it went into all the triangles. I removed the stencil & poured the “Glow in the Dark” Wow embossing powder onto the whole card, removing any stray powders with a brush when needed, before pouring the excess back in to the container.

I then heated the whole card with my heat gun until the powders melted. I cut out the “Amazing” diecut using Stamploration cutplorations die and adhered it onto my card using Uhu glue stick. This coloured panel was then adhered onto a black card base and the card was done. Really easy but has an amazing effect don’t you think?

Well I hope you liked my card. Let me know if you have tried out either the glow in the dark powders or Zig fluos as I would love to come and see how you incorporated them onto your card.

Thanks for stopping by and your comments really do light up my day!

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I’m sharing this with:

stamplorationsStamplorations Cutplorations – They’re on holiday but we can still link up

STAMPlorations-anythinggoesStamplorations Anything Goes challenge

Daily marker coloring challenge The Daily Marker Colouring Contest – Advanced level

Cards in Envy BadgeCards In Envy – My 2nd entry to their Something New challenge..My fluo Zigs are new to me

Shopping our Stash badgeShopping our Stash – Silhouettes. Look at it when the lights go off and the silhouette of the stencil will appear!

ssswchallengeSimon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge – Make your own background

Wow embossing powderWow Embossing Powder Facebook challenge – My 3rd card for their Rainbows theme


Thanks Mum, I turned out awesome!

Cards, Stamplorations, Zig clean color real brush

A very quick post to share a quick card I made which I intend to give to my daughter’s friends. I think this has to be one of the fastest card I’ve made, from the time I thought about how to make it to the photography of the card, it took me all of 30 minutes, and it would have been faster if I didn’t have to wait for the paint to dry!

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The card was inspired by the challenge at AAA Card challenge which has a “tic tac toe” theme and I went with “Gold, Watercolours and Flowers” but also blue and one layer. I first stamped the beautiful magnolia from Stamplorations stamp called French Marigold, with Versamark clear ink, added Wow gold embossing powder and heat embossed it. I then coloured the edges of the flower with blue Zig clean color real brush and blended it with my water pen. The sentiment comes from Simon Says Stamp called “Mother’s Day Zingers and has really funny sentiments for kids to give to their mums.

Well thats all from me today, I hope you liked my card and your comments always make my day!


I’m also sharing this over at:

STAMPlorations-anythinggoesStamplorations Always Anything Goes with Stamplorations products

addicted to cas.jpgAddicted to CAS – Gold

HLS CAS.pngHappy Little Stampers CAS challenge – One layer

AAAcards The challenge from AAA Card challenge



Addicted to Stamps and More – Make your Mark

Addicted to Stamps and More, Altenew, Cards, Prismacolor pencils

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Hi all! Its Wednesday so another challenge at Addicted to Stamps and More and this weeks theme is “Make Your Mark”. This is my favourite challenge theme as I love playing with my markers, watercolours and pencils.

Today I decided to make a card using my Prismacolor pencils as its been awhile since I’ve coloured anything with colour pencils. The colours were inspired by the challenge at Altenew and as it also contained black, I decided to use a black card stock as Prismacolor pencils stand out so well against a black background.

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I first diecut my black card stock using My Favorite Thing’s scallop rectangle die. I stamped the beautiful flowers from Altenew’s “Wild Hibiscus” stamp set in white using Color Box ink and then spent the next wonderful hour colouring in with my pencils. As its been awhile, I’m a little rusty so forgive me for some parts of the flowers that are not as well blended. One it was finished, I added little sprigs of flowers from Altenew’s Botanical Garden stamp set. I really love both these stamps sets!

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Once they were all done, I stamped the Happy Birthday sentiment from Hero Arts with clear Versamark ink and heat embossed it with white Wow embossing powder. This panel was adhered onto a white card base with a thick cardboard behind it too give it some dimension. I then added white dots on the card using acrylic paint and nuvo drops. The clear drops are from my Goosebumps clear texture spray.

Well I do hope you like my card as much as I enjoyed making it for your viewing pleasure! Do pop over to the Addicted to Stamps and More challenge blog to see the other amazing creations my team mates have made to inspire you.

Have a great day!


I’m sharing this over at:

ssswchallengeSimon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge – Add texture. I added Nuvo drops in the centre of my flowers.

ParuParu’s Card making challenge – Flowers

stamping sensationStamping Sensations – One for the girls

Just us girls.pngJust Us Girls – Bold. I think my card is quite bold against the black background!

CRAFT STAMPER_TIMI CHALLENGECraft Stamper Take it make it challenge – Anything Goes

The inspiration pic from Altenew – altenew.jpg